to meditation practice is the cultivation of equanimity: being okay
with the way things are. In the Buddhist tradition equanimity is the
compliment to loving-kindness (metta) as two of the four
Immeasurable Minds. It is the unconditional part of "unconditional
love". Yet how do we make this equanimity dynamic and not indifferent?
The 12 Step community expresses a similar sentiment in their serenity
prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot
change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know
Sitting in stillness, watching the objects of
experience is a simple and effective way to cultivate this acceptance,
this courage, and this wisdom. We will sit for two 20 minutes sessions with short silent walking in between. Discussion will proceed and follow the sit.
New and experienced practitioners welcome. After the discussion there will be informal tea.